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STT = St. Thomas Campus,
St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands

STX = Albert A. Sheen Campus,
St. Croix, US Virgin Islands

STJ = St. John Academic Center,
St. John, US Virgin Islands

Kraft, Benjamin F, JD

Kraft, Benjamin F, JD




Faculty West Building

Office Hours

8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Benjamin F. Kraft, is Director of Major Gifts at the University of the Virgin Islands. Most recently, he was an attorney advisor with the District of Columbia’s Public Employee Relations Board. He was Vice President of College Services at St. Philip’s College in San Antonio, Texas. Previously, he was the chief administrative officer of Windsor Village United Methodist Church, in Houston, Texas. A native of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, he grew up on the campus of Southern University and A & M College. He completed public high school in Washington, DC and then earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics from Rutgers College in 1970, a Juris Doctorate degree from the Northeastern University School of Law in 1973, and a Master’s degree in Business Administration from The American University in 1978. He has completed the 40 hour mediation training course at the University of Houston Law Center and earned a Certificate in Fund Raising Management from The Fund Raising School of Indiana University.

Previously, Mr. Kraft served in several capacities at three Historically Black Colleges or Universities. At Florida Memorial College, 1986-1994, he was at various times assistant professor of business, department chairs of business administration and airway science, associate dean of the faculty, NAIA Faculty Athletics Representative, and Director of Government Relations and Sponsored Programs. From 1994-1998 while at South Carolina State University he was vice president for institutional advancement, special assistant to two presidents, executive director of the SCSU Educational Foundation, and NCAA compliance coordinator. While at Alcorn State University (Mississippi), he served as the executive director of the Alcorn State University Foundation and director of development, and assistant to the president (1998-2003).

From 1979-1986, Mr. Kraft was an owner and general manager of Big Ben Construction, S. A. in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. This was Haiti’s first American-style hardware store, and he was responsible for all operations from inception through operation of two stores.

United States Government service has included staff attorney to two chairmen of the National Labor Relations Board in Washington, DC (1973-77) and legal officer as a reservist in the U. S. Air Force, from which he was honorably discharged as a Captain.

Mr. Kraft was appointed to the City of San Antonio’s Empowerment Zone Governance Board. He has been honored as an American Council on Education Fellow (1991-92), as well as Who’s Who in the South and Southwest (1999-2000), Who’s Who Among Black Americans (1988), Merit Award, Haitian American Chamber of Commerce and Industry (1983), and U. S. Jaycees’ Outstanding Young Men of America (1977). In 2007, he became an Advisory Board member of Somebody Cares Houston. Other Board memberships have included Vicksburg-Warren County (MS) Chamber of Commerce (2002-2003), Port Gibson(MS) Main Street (2001-03), City of Orangeburg (SC) Community Development Corporation (1997-99), Downtown Orangeburg (SC) Revitalization Association (1994-99), Tools for Change, Black Economic Development, Inc. (1992-94), Center for Family and Child Enrichment (1987-90), Carib-America Enterprises of Florida, Inc. (1986-88), and Haitian-American Chamber of Commerce and Industry (1984-86). In addition, he has been a member of 100 Black Men of South Florida, Inc. and is a member of the District of Columbia Bar Association and a life member of the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.